The Quick and the Dead (1995) - Sam Raimi

Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and Leonardo DiCaprio
Size: 698mb
Resolution: 576 x 304
Language: English
Subs: English -srt file

Sam Raimi's ``The Quick and the Dead.'' Populated with the slow and the deadpan,is a stylish parody of Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns.

This film is not a parody in the mile-a-minute, scattershot mode of ``Airplane!'' and its descendants. ``The Quick and the Dead,'' filmed 40 miles southeast of Tucson in Mescal, is a more sophisticated and sustained parody.

It's not easy to make fun of the spaghetti Westerns,however Raimi, pulls it off on the sheer force of his visual creativity, his insane camera angles and almost psychedelic imagery.

Sharon Stone plays a mysterious gunslinger who rides into a one-horse town named Redemption with vengeance on her mind. She wears leather pants and talks tough and blesses us with her best Clint Eastwood squint. In her 22nd film, Stone delivers an iconic performance that meshes neatly with the stylized production.

A proud grade-B movie, the flick represents something different for Stone, whose most recent embarrassments were ``The Specialist'' and ``Intersection.'' Despite initial appearances, Stone's character is not the meanest gunslinger in the desert. She's real nice, in fact, a sensible woman who abhors violence and macho theatrics. ``The Quick and the Dead'' might be a parody, but it has a heart.

It also has Gene Hackman as Herod, the unforgiving, tax-happy tyrant who rules Redemption. This dried-up town, full of desperate living, is the site of an annual quick-draw contest, a genteel event sponsored by Herod, who has an uncanny way of winning every year. The winner gets a fistful of dollars.

The gunfights are held in the dusty main street, over which a clock tower looms. The hopefuls this year include the Kid, a cocky little dude played with flair by Leonardo DiCaprio, and an outlaw-turned-minister played by Australian actor Russell Crowe.

One by one, the gunslingers are dropped to the dirt. Working from a clever screenplay by Simon Moore, Raimi finds new ways to build the tension and humor for every duel. The fateful, climactic fight is staged with spectacular, excessive creativity.

The director stocks his film with the scuzziest collection of lowlifes you've ever seen. Redemption is a hellhole where the good are far outnumbered by the bad and the really, really ugly.

``The Quick and the Dead,'' on the other hand, is pretty and slick.




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